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foct is deserving of the space and the attention bestowed upon it. It should be in the hands of every student and every man who writes for the press or for public speaking. It is, indeed, a guide to the pens of all who wander in doubt, hesitating, seeking the right way, but uncertain as to the landmarks. It will make easy and smooth what at first view appears dry and forbidding.
The following is an extract from the critical notice above referred to :
One reason, and probably the chief one, why the study of rhetoric has recoived so little attention in our common schools is, that there has been no suitable text-book. Blair, Newman, Jameson, and others have long been in use in our higher academies and colleges, but they are intended for advanced scholars, and hence are not adapted to our common schools. Frost's and Parker's Exercises have been used to a certain extent, but we have seen no work which so completely meets the want as the one noticed at the head of this article. In this, both the style and matter are calculated to interest, instruct, and inform the young, as well as the advanced scholar and general reader.
The arrangement is admirable, commencing with the simplest principles, and leading the scholar along gradually to the higher and most important.
We commend the book most cordially to teachers of common schools and academies, to all interested in the progress of the cause of education, and to contributors to the newspaper press.
From the Albany Daily Advertiser, Nov. 8, 1844. Boyd's RHETORIC.-This work is fitted to take the science of Rhetoric out of its place among the drier branches of education, and to invest it with uo small degree of attraction. It begins with the very alphabet of the scienco, and is so perfectly simple that quite a young child may be put to the study of it with advantage. At the same time, it is a very complete view of the subject, and contains much that is not found in any similar treatise.
The work has already received the warm approbation of some of our best judges, and we can not doubt that it is destined to take a high place among kindred works, and to bring to its author the grateful acknowledgments, not only of teachers, but of all who are interested in the great and good cause of education.
From the Albany Religious Spectator, Nov. 9, 1844. This work meets an important desideratum in the economy of education. Its plan is, so far as we know, entirely new, the arrangement perfectly systematic, and the execution characterized throughout by good taste and good judgment.
It is published under the most favorable auspices, bearing, as it does, the high recommendation of many who are best qualified to judge, and whose opinions on such subjects are regarded as authority. Mr. Boyd has not only done himself great credit, but has conferred a favor upon his gev. eration, and, we doubt not, upon posterity also, by sending forth his judi. cious and excellent work.
Extract from a Review of the work in the Biblical Repertory and Princeton
Review, Oct., 1845. This little work has two great merits: one is, its tendency to promote and facilitate the early practice of English composition; the other is, a great variety of information as to books and authors, and the language itself, which it brings within the reach of ordinary teachers and their pupils. Its
faults arise almost entirely from its being, as the title-pago avows, a compilation.
As usual, our statement of particular defects fills much more space than our general commendation, which we think it proper, therefore, to repeat, by stating it as our opinion, that the adoption of this little manual in schools, and even in the lower classes of our colleges, would, under the direction of judicious teachers, tend to great improvement in the art of composition, and to the diffusion of much useful information as to English lit. erature. Mr. Boyd has evidently taken special pains to make the literary merits of the Bible, and the literature of our own country, duly prominent in his compilation, although chiefly drawn from British sources.
Similar notices and recommendations have appeared in the Albany Argue, Awany Evening Journal, Black River Journal, and other periodicals.
PRACTICAL EXERCISES AND EXAMPLES
OSE OF COMMON SCHOOLS AND ACADE DITES.
COMPILED AND ARRANGED
BY REV. JAMES ROBERT BOYD,
AUTHOR OF "ECLECTIC MORAL PHILOSOPHY."
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
82 CLIFF STREET.